Santorini is a magical island known for breathtaking landscapes, stunning sunsets, whitewashed buildings, and blue-domed churches. Not to forget, the red beaches and clear blue waters await to give you an excitement overload!
Here’s a complete guide to help you plan a fun-filled trip to Santorini. A trip to the island is never complete without exploring the following attractions!
1. Watch the Sunset
Oia, the most popular spot for watching the sunset in Santorini
The Greek island is known for its incredible sunsets. To experience it at its best, you must go to Oia. Standing at the top of a ruined castle near the windmill, you’ll witness a magical sight that will leave you spell-bounded when the sun goes down the horizon. Just a heads-up, if you visit in the high season, you may find yourself jumping over a train of heads to get a glimpse of the sunset.
The Akrotiri lighthouse is a great alternative place to experience the remoteness of the sunset. Enjoy some quality time with your loved one, looking at a boat sailing into the setting sun at this relatively less crowded spot.
Another perfect way to experience the natural beauty and stunning sunset of Santorini is by joining sunset excursions. Choose your favorite tour and vessel for an unforgettable experience!
2. Enjoy a Catamaran Excursion around the island
The Catamaran excursion is another must-try thing in Santorini, especially if you’re on a short trip. Get a chance to explore all the top attractions of the island as well as enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of Red Beach and White Beach. Delve into delicious Santorini food while looking at the magnificent views of the caldera cliffs and volcanic islands.
3. A Therapeutic Walk at Oia, Pyrgos, and Fira
Caldera is one of the most beautiful sights in Santorini. Created after a huge volcanic eruption, this island stands on a cliff. Rejuvenate your soul with a walk around whitewashed houses in daylight. The nightlife in Caldera is also amazing, creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic night out.
You can also enjoy a walk to the nearby villages, including Pyrgos Castelli and Oia. If you’re an adventure enthusiast, you’ll love hiking from Fira to Oia while admiring the beauty of Caldera. You can spend some time in Oia, the most picturesque village of Santorini. You’ll find yourself dancing among pearly white buildings and blue-domed churches. It is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the peace, saying goodbye to all your worries. Also, every view makes for a perfect backdrop for your pictures.
Pyrgos is yet another popular village of Santorini that offers panoramic views of both sides of the island. It features stunning views of green valleys, blue seas, and architectural structures.
4. Visit the Volcano and Enjoy Swimming in the Hot Springs
A volcano tour is the best way to indulge in the rich volcanic history of the island. It is the perfect activity for thrill-seekers to get the adrenaline rush of hiking up the famous volcano as well as swimming in the healing waters of hot springs.
Several boat tours allow you to swim in the therapeutic waters while enjoying appetizing food and drinks. You’re bound to have the time of your life on a boat tour with your family or friends
5. Swim in the Black Beach
If you’re on a romantic trip with your partner, Perivolos beach is a must-visit spot. This lively beach offers the ultimate retreat for relaxation and entertainment. Covered in black sand and sparkling waters, it also invites adventure lovers to engage in thrilling water sport activities, such as Jet Ski Safari. Here you will find the most beach bars on the island playing loud music all day long.
On the other hand, if you want to spend quality time with your family near the waters, Perissa or Kamari beach is the answer! This place offers a heartwarming view with crystal blue water dancing over the sandy sea bottom. This beach offers comfortable facilities and luxury amenities to make your family trip memorable.
6. Experience Unique Hues on the Red Beach
Located near Akrotiri village, the Red Beach is a top attraction in Santorini. The red-colored steep hills, cliffs, and sands create wild scenery. The red pebbles in the sea complement the crystal blue waters and make an exquisite palette of contrasting colors.
Several catamaran excursions sail near the Red Beach, offering you the pleasure of swimming in the clear blue waters of Santorini!
7. Delish Dinner at Ammoudi
Ammoudi is a unique spot in Oia famous for its hospitality and delicious food. You’ll find plenty of fish taverns there that serve fresh fish for all those crazy seafood lovers. There’s no dining experience better than enjoying a platter of seafood and local recipes while taking in the majestic beauty of Santorini island.
Make sure you treat your taste buds with the best-tasting food in Santorini while being surrounded by welcoming people. You can even swim in crystalline waters or go diving if you dare!
8. Go Wine-Tasting at Santo Wines or Venetsanos Winery
Another thing that every tourist must know about Santorini is that it has incredible wine!
You can enjoy premium-quality wine at one of the finest wineries located in Pyrgos village. You can taste a variety of wines in a well-decorated outdoor space while enjoying lounge or live music. This spot gives you a dreamy view of the breathtaking Caldera, the volcano, and the mighty Aegean Sea. If you’re thinking of bringing your partner here, you should consider visiting in the evening when the place gets really romantic with the sunset colors.
You can join one of the many bus tours that take you to different wineries for wine tasting.
9. Visit the Charming Prophet Elias Monastery
Several churches are scattered over Santorini Island. You will find everything from small chapels to large monasteries. One major attraction is the Prophet Elias Monastery that resembles a fortress from the outside.
Apart from its rich history, it is known for being the highest point from where you can admire an exclusive view of Santorini. The monastery is surrounded by four small chapels and is one of the best places to take photographs.
10. Akrotiri Excavations
While you are in Santorini, you will regret not taking the opportunity to see the excavations of the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri. You can actually walk through the debris of this well-maintained town and be transferred to the prehistoric era. It is a must-visit place for people who find pleasure in learning about history and exploring archeological sites. Some important finds are also exhibited and you can admire them at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.
You can complete your journey in the history and mythology of the island with a visit to the Lost Atlantis Experience Museum. The first interactive museum in the world for the theory of Atlantis and the connection with Santorini.
Several routes take you to the historical site. The best way to make the most of your trip is by joining a bus tour, as it gives you a chance to explore the natural beauty of Santorini as well as learn about its rich history.
11. Taste the Local Cuisine
The fertile land of Santorini Island produces unique products that are known for their mouthwatering taste. The secret lies in the volcanic nature of the land. Your trip to this island will be incomplete without visiting a traditional tavern to taste local dishes, such as fava, tomato fritters, melitzanosalata (made from white eggplants), Greek salad with capers and wine. You must also go to a sea tavern to try fresh fish and seafood while enjoying majestic views of the island.
As a food lover, you will love Greek cuisine, as it is extremely tasty. And the fresh products of Santorini just take it a step further! Besides, you’ll get a chance to meet and blend in with locals and enjoy the warm Greek hospitality.
To relish your trip to the fullest with amazing dining experiences, make sure you enjoy food and drink tours. Combining the pleasure of eating and traveling will just make your vacation extraordinary!